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Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Time to update my blog and let everyone know what's going on! :-)


As most of you know by now, Dragons Realm is out in paperback, eBook, and Audio Book. Thanks to all of you, it has been a #1 New Release on Amazon since the day it was released, including hanging out as a #1 bestseller in Dark Fantasy and Gothic Fiction.
Thank you!

And now to answer the most popular question: 



Let me approach this question in two parts: why it's currently a stand alone and what the future may hold... :-)

When I set out to write Dragons Realm, it was a "bucket-list" project for me. :-) I have always revered the epic fantasy writers and longed to try my hand at a pseudo-medieval time period with my own unique brand of vampiric dragons. In addition, I had already drafted a new, modern-day dragon series, and I wanted a chance to flesh out the savage beasts I envisioned in a truly fantastical realm. Thus, Dragons Realm...

That said, I had no idea how hard this book would be to write or how long it would take to write it! LOL

Two years into the process, I realized that I needed to reevaluate a few things: Although I had initially planned to make Dragons Realm a trilogy (Dragons Realm, Dragons War, and Dragons Lair), it became abundantly clear that this "trilogy" would take about 6-7 years to complete, I would have to back off writing the Blood Curse Series to get it done, and readers would still have to wait years between releases. Heck, the world-building alone took me nearly six-months to create! So there I was with this complex story, enough world-building to sustain a long term series, and the sudden realization that this was going to be a monumental task that would require the majority of my focus...and time. One thing was clear: I could not speed it up and still do it well. There was simply too much research and cross-checking required.

Eventually, I figured out a way to plot the original story into a single, stand-alone book with three distinct parts, and this took another nine months. So *that* is how Dragons Realm came about, and now that it's out, it is no surprise that readers are seeing the scope of the world building, feeling a strong connection to the characters, and wondering if there isn't a whole lot more that could come from this saga: say, an entire series or a serial? Perhaps, several individual short-stories?

And my answer to the question is this: I hear you, and I completely agree ~ there are so many future possibilities. :-) However, one fact remains: It is still a very slow-going, complex sub-genre (for me as a writer), and anything I work on will take quite some time to complete. With that in mind, I am weighing all the options. Yes, two-to-three years would be a long time to wait for a sequel, but perhaps a short-story (something that picks up thirty-years into the future) is in order. :-) I can certainly see a dozen possibilities.

In the meantime, I am very excited to continue work on book #8 in the Blood Curse Series (Blood Ecstasy) and book #1 in the Pantheon of Dragons series (Zanaikeyros ~ Son of Dragons). You can follow the links below to learn about the latter. :-)

Read the backstory to Pantheon of Dragons

Follow the links below to purchase Dragons Realm 

Amazon/KindleAmazon/PaperbackApple iTunesBarnes & Noble/Nook &PaperbackKOBO


As I mentioned, I am still working on book #8, Blood Ecstasy, and it's coming along nicely. Shooting for the first-half of 2016 (celestial gods willing). :-)

The AUDIO BOOKS are still releasing at a steady pace.
Here are the links on

Blood Destiny ~ Already out.
Blood Awakening ~ Already out.
Blood Possession ~ Already out.
Blood Shadows ~ Already out.
Blood Redemption ~ Coming ANY DAY NOW
Blood Father ~ In the process of being recorded.
Blood Vengeance ~ Scheduled to be narrated in December.
Blood Genesis ~ Scheduled to be narrated in December.
Blood Ecstasy ~ To be announced in 2016. 
(I will try to release the audio & print books together.)

In the meantime, you can listen to AUDIO EXCERPTS from the first five BCS books on my website (including an excerpt from Dragons Realm) by clicking on the
"Audio Excerpts" link above.

Whew! What a major update.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of these works, and please don't forget: You can always keep up with new releases by joining my mailing list. I use the list to notify readers of each new book, the morning the book comes out.

Until next time, cheers!

And I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Tessa Dawn 

Sunday, October 18, 2015


 ~ OCTOBER 31, 2015 ~ 
(bestselling author of the Blood Curse Series)



In a kingdom ruled by dragons,
a world ripe with corruption,
a realm filled with warlocks, soul-eaters, and shifters,
where can one human slave hide?
Her duty is not optional!
His heart is not reachable.
Before it’s over…
a kingdom will be set ablaze!



Mina Louvet is a fighter, a human with a powerful will to survive in a world dominated by warlocks, soul-eaters, and shifters. Identified by the king’s witch as one of the rare, invaluable females in Dragons Realm who can give birth to a dragon’s son, she was stolen from her parents as a child and taken to the Keep to be reared in the ways of the Ahavi. As one of the few, the elect ~ the Sklavos Ahavi ~ Mina is expected to feed her master’s fire, reanimate his blood, and above all else, give him strong dragon offspring:  children who will one day rise to power. But Mina, to her great misfortune, is far too intelligent for her own good: She has a stubborn sense of justice, and she is wholly incapable of blind submission.

Dante Dragona is as cunning as he is lethal, as methodical as he is dangerous, and as terrifying as he is powerful. As the eldest of three dragon princes, he is destined to succeed his merciless father to the throne of Castle Dragon. But first he must do his duty to the Realm by governing one of its harsh, unforgiving districts and claiming a Sklavos Ahavi. Hardened by the sadistic abuse he endured as a child and shaped by the tragic suicide of his twin, the prince lives only to fulfill his obligations to the monarchy: to maintain law and order in a bestial land, to contain its magical inhabitants, and to keep the kingdom safe from its mortal enemies, the Lycanian shifters across the sea. Like all primordial dragons, he rules with an iron fist, dominates with absolute power, and punishes with fire. Those who oppose him die a swift and brutal death ~ subject, enemy, or slave ~ the Realm has no tolerance for weakness.

When the iron resolve of a dragon prince clashes with the stubborn will of a slave, bonds will be broken, alliances will be tested, and a kingdom will be set ablaze.


in the 
Goodreads Giveaway
(the giveaway ends on October 28th)


DRAGONS REALM will be available in paperback, eBook, and audio book. 
To find a retailer near you, please visit Tessa's website at. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

100 NONSENSICAL QUESTIONS (WEEK ELEVEN) ~ because I’m just too busy to blog something serious!

Question #11: 

Pie OR Cake? 

This week’s argument comes from
An Amazon Top 500 Reviewer  ~ Guest Blogger

Welcome to the blog, Douglas!

The argument:

OK, this is just evil anyway.  I write book reviews but this subject needed to have a professional examine it. Pie or cake?  Who does NOT love both but let us take a closer look at each.  Things are not as they might appear.

PIE:  Let me see what Mr. Webster has to say about this … “A baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables”.  FAIL!  Anyone who thinks about meat and veggies when I say PIE, leave the room now, you are what is wrong with the human race.

Now that we are rid of “those” people, any of you that think of pizza when I say PIE, you can also leave, that is wrong on SO many levels I cannot even discuss it (I don’t CARE if it is grammatically correct, WTF says “I am going for a pizza pie”?)  Leave the room, NOW!
Pie is and always should be something horribly fattening, lusciously creamy (yes we will still leave cheesecake in this conversation) and in addition to the filling, it much be topped with something delicious (meringue being questionable but acceptable).

Pie does have an advantage over its fluffier cousin in that it generally is very good all by itself and adding something does not really help (OK, hot apple pie and ice cream being a notable exception), I am ignoring you cherry/blueberry cheesecake zealots, if you made the damn cheesecake right, you don’t need the other crap and WTF do they call it “cake” when you make it in a pie pan???  The world is full of stupid people!

Ok, where was I? Oh, yeah,

CAKE:  Mr. Webster again, says this “an item of soft, sweet food made from a mixture of flour, shortening, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and often decorated.” No that does not sound even a wee bit disgusting.  There must be hundreds (thousands?) of varieties of cake, you go into a store you might see 5 types of pie mix (or less) next to enough cake mix to send you into a sugar coma for the rest of your shortened life.  I am married and She Who Must Be Obeyed likes to make and cook cake but she  buys her pies, not sure why, must be a good reason, I am too cowardly to ask for fear I might get cut off (cake you perverts, she might not make more cake!)

The other thing here is almost any type of cake is good with ice cream or whipped cream in many cases so does that mean cake is lacking in taste even in its most pure form?  Has there ever been a chocolate cake that was not aided by the addition of ice cream to the plate?
Another place where cake falls short is that pie can be made and cooked in the same dish you serve it in, not so with cake, it has to cool, be removed from its cooking vessel and smeared with frosting before you can even think about eating it. 

They have freakin’ CLASSES around here on how to make cake, WTF???  The directions are ON  THE  BOX, how hard can it be? They don’t send people out to learn how to make PIE!!
The thing is that you can find almost any type of cake you can think of and somebody likes it (having a carrot cake with actual carrots in it makes me want to hurl but there are those mindless psychopaths that think it is required) so to keep this from being novella length I think it is clear that even though in the battle of endless variety cake seems to pull ahead, the clear winner in a head to head battle will always be PIE! (and we shall hope that She Who Must Be Obeyed never sees this page).  PIE lovers unite!

Disclaimer:  Any inference that makes it look like there is bias against cake is denied and if pressed under oath the cakes that She Who Must Be Obeyed will always be better than anything else ….PERIOD!  Any assertion otherwise will be denied for my own safety!  (I would have made a frigging PIE chart but somebody would have yelled bias and they don’t make any CAKE charts.)

From Tessa Dawn:
And the winner is…  Pie!
Thank you for this guest post, Douglas. I’m not entirely sure who won the argument (pie, according to your heart; cake, in deference to your wife). LOL

Readers: Be sure to register your vote or post your own nonsensical questions or suggestions in the comments below. Who knows? I might just run with it. J And if you would like to see your own nonsensical guest blog on this page, please follow the instructions on the link below:

I would love to hear from you!  

And now, it's time to return to my day job: writing Dark Fantasy Fiction & Gothic Romance!

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

100 NONSENSICAL QUESTIONS (WEEK TEN) ~ because I’m just too busy to blog something serious!

Question #10: 

One fish, two fish OR red fish, blue fish? 

The argument:

You might ask, “What does that even mean?”


After staring at the question for a while because let’s face it -- this takes nonsensical to a whole new level -- I believe it comes down to two basic arguments: Three fish of an unspecified color (one fish + two fish = three fishes, but we have no idea what color they are) OR two fish that are, respectively, red and blue?

It’s okay; you can read that again…

So which matters more? Quantity paired with ambiguity? Or color wrapped in certainty? And YES, I get it, Dr. Seuss meant that one fish was red, and the other was blue (everyone knows that!), BUT that’s not how I posed the question: One fish, two fish OR red fish, blue fish? 

OMG ~ what are we even talking about right now!?!?

I can’t even… 


Red fish, blue fish by a landslide! :-) 

(But be sure to register your vote or post your own nonsensical question/suggestions in the comments below. Who knows? I might just run with it. :-)) 

And now, it's time to return to my day job: writing Dark Fantasy Fiction & Gothic Romance!

Please tune in next week for another utterly-mindless, nonsensical question!  

Until then...


Disclaimer: I really am a thoughtful, contemplative, fairly educated person. :-) I have a BA in Psychology and an MA in Nonprofit Management, and I write a wicked, dark, edgy, action-packed story...but I just don't have time to blog. Oh, and I  will interrupt this mindless nonsense (from time to time) to post about new releases, upcoming books, videos, contests, or other various teasers...just so you know. :-)

Monday, September 21, 2015

100 NONSENSICAL QUESTIONS (WEEK NINE) ~ because I’m just too busy to blog something serious!

Question #9: 
Which would you rather be?


This week’s argument comes from
a return guest blogger ~
Dennis Crosby from 

Welcome back to the blog, Dennis!

The argument:

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. So…a vampire, a lycan and ghost were sharing an apartment…
Wait, what? Oh, yeah that was a TV show. Ok, how about this one? So…a werewolf and vampire fell in love and…

Huh? So that’s been done too? A lot?

I suppose the simple truth is, vampires and werewolves go together like peanut butter and jelly. Honestly, even better than peanut butter and jelly because these days everything is organic, gluten free or some soy substitute. Throughout the horror genre though, there are no characters more recognizable than vampires and werewolves. They are simultaneously beloved and feared. But, as with every dynamic literary and cinematic duo, there exists the inevitable question:

Which would you rather be?

For some of you, on the surface, that may seem to be an easy question to answer. But you’ll need to take some things into account first. You see, you have to consider the many variations on these characters. For some authors and screenwriters, not all vampires are immortal. Some simply age slowly and are impervious to most basic injuries, but they can be killed if the attack is severe enough. In other cases, the more traditional cases, they live forever, but have limitations like sunlight, silver and wooden stakes. Then you have your emo-vampires, vampires that live off of your life force, and one that inexplicably lives on Sesame Street and is allowed to roam a neighborhood full of children without any consequences.

With the lycans, or werewolves, again, not all are immortal. In fact, it seems more common for them to have a normal lifespan, only with a fuller, more…interesting life. Traditionally, they would only turn on the full moon and they could only be killed by silver bullets, which had to remain in the body to keep the creature from regenerating. These days, werewolves are a tad more integrated. Their animal senses are heightened to superhuman levels even in human form and they can change at will. Hell…some can even change certain body parts without having to shift fully. In some cases, they become full wolves, while in most cases, they become some bipedal hybrid of human and wolf.
So, to make it easier, I’ll give you a more refined choice. If you choose to be a vampire, you are endowed with immortality, super human strength, agility, senses and speed, BUT, you cannot go out during the day and can only survive on blood which you must consume every evening to survive. If you choose to become a werewolf, you are not immortal, you have limited use of your werewolf abilities in human form (heightened strength and senses are still stronger than humans but not as strong when you’re in wolf form), you can change at will except during a full moon when you change whether you want to or not, and you must endure an excruciating amount of pain when moving from one form to the next. There’s no magical, “Twilighty” shape shifting going on. There will be bone snapping, popping and elongation. Your teeth and jaws will move and your nails will extend as your hands turn into claws.

Morphine will not help you!

Now, I’m certainly not trying to sway you to one side or the other. But which would you choose?  

Tessa Dawn replies: And since my guest blogger didn’t make a clear choice, I will have to do it for him. :-) 


Easy peasy.

The winner is…VAMPIRE

(But be sure to register your vote or post your own nonsensical question or suggestion in the comments below. Who knows? I might just run with it. J) 

And now, it's time to return to my day job: writing Dark Fantasy Fiction & Gothic Romance!

Please tune in next week for another utterly-mindless, nonsensical question!  

Until then...


Disclaimer: I really am a thoughtful, contemplative, fairly educated person. :-) I have a BA in Psychology and an MA in Nonprofit Management, and I write a wicked, dark, edgy, action-packed story...but I just don't have time to blog. Oh, and I  will interrupt this mindless nonsense (from time to time) to post about new releases, upcoming books, videos, contests, or other various teasers...just so you know. :-)

Sunday, September 13, 2015


As the caption says, I WANT YOU ~ readers, fans, and folks who don't necessarily consider themselves writers ~ to take over my "100 Nonsensical Questions Blog" with a few short paragraphs! (And of course, other authors & bloggers are also welcome, but this is for ANYONE who is interested.) :-) 

I’m looking for readers, fans, and folks who like to have fun to answer some really nonsensical questions, such as...

Ham or Cheese? 
Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck? 
The Lone Ranger or the Power Rangers?

On my weekly 
100 Nonsensical Questions Blog 
The posts are meant to be silly & fun!

Your name (or some "title" of your choosing) will be mentioned on the blog, along with any link of your choice (including "no link" if that's what you prefer).  You may link to your FB page, website, Instagram…you name it, and your post will appear on the blog for one full week! Plus, I will share each blog on FB & Twitter. 

Please take a look at previous blogs before making a decision (they’re listed at the end of this post) ~ you might be surprised at how short, easy, and fun these are! AND ALL WRITING-LEVELS ARE WELCOME! There is nothing serious about this. :-) 

Step ONEChoose ONE of the TOPICS listed below, then tell me your choice RIGHT HERE (in the comments). I'll cross it off the list, so others know the topic is gone. 

Step TWOSend an email to author(at)tessadawn(dot)com with "Guest Blogger" in the subject line and your ready-to-go "argument" (already written) pasted in the body of the email.

Step THREEProvide your name and hyperlink (exactly as you want it to read). For example: "Please refer to me as Miss Mary Jo and link to" I will then introduce you like this: "Today's guest blogger is Miss Mary Jo" (while hyperlinking your name to that site). 

Step FOURAdd a short disclaimer.  For example: "Hey, T, you have my permission to use this any way you want!" 

THAT'S IT. THAT'S ALL. I will assign a week for your topic, format it for you, and post it when it's time! You are free to share it anywhere you'd like.

1. Whatever topic you choose, simply share your thoughts "for" and "against" each choice, then choose one of the two. (Again, please check out a few of the sample blogs at the end of this post ~ it's super easy.)
2. There are only two choices with each topic -- for instance, orange or blue? While your favorite color may be green (LOL), you are being asked to compare JUST orange against JUST blue (each against the other) and choose the better of those two options. The answer may sometimes be a tie, and who knows, green or pink may soon appear as a topic...  :-))  
3. Please keep it friendly & fun (non-political-racial-religious and rated PG :-)). I reserve the right to avoid anything I might find inappropriate for a general audience. ;-) But I'm really not worried... 

That said, here is the list of TOPICS still available... 

Chuck Norris or Bruce Lee?
Flowers or chocolates? (best romantic gift)
Goldfish or Hamsters (best disposable pet for children ;-0)?
Pie or Cake?
iPhone or Android?
Puppies or Kittens?
Gilligan or Maxwell Smart?
Lone Ranger or Power Rangers?
Betty Crocker or Chef Ramsey?
Rain or Wind (which is worse)?
Up or Down?
Dracula or Frankenstein?
Mercury or Saturn?
Car or Truck?
Night or Day?
Cow or Pig?
Sun or Moon?
Cash or Charge?
Fruit or Vegetables?
Trees or Bushes?
New or Old?
Hamburgers or Hot Dogs?
Martinis or Margaritas?
Football or Baseball?
(OR please propose your own topic!)

(including those submitted by guests)

Week one: Mosquitoes or Flies (most annoying insect)?

Week two: Dinosaurs or Huge Gorillas (best in blockbuster movies)?

Week three: Noah or Moses (biblical character with most swag)?

Week four: Batman or Superman (coolest dude)?

Week sixGuest Blogger: Dr. Seuss or Walt Disney

Week sevenGuest Blogger: Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck

Week eightGuest Blogger: Ham or Cheese 

Technical Issues: If you have any trouble posting to the "comments" below this blog, please contact me via email or facebook, and I will gladly post a comment for you, especially if you would like to reserve a topic. :) 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

100 NONSENSICAL QUESTIONS (WEEK EIGHT) ~ because I’m just too busy to blog something serious!

Question #8: 

Ham OR Cheese? 

This week’s argument comes from 
a wonderful lady and guest blogger
Carrie Champion from Ogden, Utah. 

Welcome to the blog, Carrie!

Carrie's argument:

On one hand, Ham evokes memories of family dinners and the Christmas season. It’s delicious (in my humble opinion) and comes in a variety of forms, chops, sausage, hocks, pork and beans and many others.  Not only that.  Did you know that on the Apollo 13 mission, the crew managed to create a functioning CO2 filter out of duct tape and glazed ham??  Movies and books have starred our porky little friends. Wilbur or Babe anyone??  No one can deny how cute and sweet they are, and people keep them as pets too.  On the downside, it is a known fact that pork products can shorten your lifespan because of the cholesterol and artery clogging properties as well as the process of slaughtering them is horrible.  But, if you find yourself in a natural disaster FEMA does keep a reserve of 3.6 lbs of canned ham for every person.  Take that as you will.  A pig encased in some gelatin in a can?  I’ll pass but, if you’re into that who am I to judge?

On the other hand, you have Cheese.  Cheese comes in so many varieties and forms. From the Swiss to the French there is something there for everyone!  Nachos you say?  Grilled cheese sandwich?  How about some shredded parmesan on your spaghetti?  The options are endless. And not only that, it’s practical too.  Wisconsin uses cheese to de-ice roads!!  They recently tested a combo of cheese wastes with rock salt to prevent roads from freezing.  How brilliant!  But, I wouldn’t go throwing your shredded Colby-jack on your driveway in the winter; somehow I don’t think that will work out to well for you.  On the downside and I am talking way down, there is actually a cheese with maggots in it (no I am not making this up, ewwww).  It’s called Casu Marzu and they purposely leave holes in the cheese so the flies can lay eggs and the maggots can eat the cheese, their subsequent excretions aid in the fermentation process (yeah, I bet **gag**) and  soften the cheese that lends to this cheeses’ unique flavor.    I think I’ll stick to my cheddar thank you.

So you see, there are good and bad things about both.  But, my vote is cheese. The options are endless, and in my humble opinion cheese goes with everything.

And the winner is…


(But be sure to register your vote or post your own nonsensical question or suggestions in the comments below. Who knows? I might just run with it. J) 

And now, it's time to return to my day job: writing Dark Fantasy Fiction & Gothic Romance!

Please tune in next week for another utterly-mindless, nonsensical question!  

Until then...


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Blood Awakening is now on audiobook!

Dear Readers,

In the ongoing effort to bring the entire Blood Curse Series to audio book before the end of 2015, I am pleased to announce another new release!

by Tessa Dawn
Narrated by Eric G. Dove
(Book #2 in the Blood Curse Series)
Available from Audible, iTunes, & Amazon

Listen to a free audio sample below...

Coming Next - Blood Possession, book #3
(September, 2015)


To purchase BLOOD AWAKENING today, click here: 

To learn more about the series or the author, please visit the following links...


A dangerous game of life, blood, and survival…
Marquis Silivasi is a loner, an ancient vampire known to be merciless, harsh, and unforgiving.  He has lived to see his dark twin sacrificed, his parents hunted, and the one soul he was sworn to protect destroyed by his enemy.

When a mysterious female with a secret past shows up in Dark Moon Vale, her presence sets off a strange set of events: It is as if she has awakened the sleeping soul of the valley…and the Curse of Marquis’s birth.

Bound to each other by primeval law, the two must forge their way through an ever growing maze of danger, deception, and destiny.  They must find salvation in a world without mercy, where survival demands a chilling BLOOD AWAKENING.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

100 NONSENSICAL QUESTIONS (WEEK SEVEN) ~ because I’m just too busy to blog something serious!

Question #7: 

Mickey Mouse OR Donald Duck? 

This week’s argument comes from a 
lovely & talented guest blogger ~
Amy Marx from HeartandSoles

Welcome to the blog, Amy!

The argument:

Mickey Mouse.  He’s everywhere.  Everyone knows the iconic Mickey head.  I mean he’s the mascot for the Walt Disney Company.  Whoa.  That’s a big deal for one little mouse.  He has been entertaining families since 1928.  You know if you see those mouse ears anywhere, on anything, it’s going to be awesome.  But here’s the thing, he’s kind of obnoxious.  Just last year, my 3 year old was OBSESSED with the mouse.  I would hear that laugh, and I would feel rage in the pit of my stomach. 

Mickey needs a yin to his yang.  A rain cloud to his sunshine.  Here is where we find Donald Duck.  He didn’t join the scene until 1934, wearing his little sailor suit, sans the pants.  When he shows up, you expect this syrupy sweet character, then BAM.  That duck loses his mind.  He is instantly the greatest character to happen to Walt Disney productions.  Did I mention he’s been in more films than any other Disney character?

This is a tough decision. I feel like Mickey and Donald balance each other out.  But my choice for a better character, Mickey or Donald, goes to Donald Duck.  He’s got the outwardly sweet appearance with a fiery temper that just makes you hope every other character makes him angry.  Plus, have you seen him around Daisy? He’s all bashful and sweet.  That’s a well-rounded duck.

And the winner is…

Donald Duck

(But be sure to register your vote or post your own nonsensical question/suggestions in the comments below. Who knows? I might just run with it. J

And now, it's time to return to my day job: writing Dark Fantasy Fiction & Gothic Romance!

Please tune in next week for another utterly-mindless, nonsensical question!  

Until then...